Child development, diary, Early Years, First time Mum, Parent, Photography, Travel

Photos of the Week

Late again but here are my favourite photos/moments of the week. Actually as I am so late they are photos of the fortnight.

Give Samuel a wide open space and he will run around like crazy. He loves to be outside and is definitely at his happiest when he is.

When a trip to Pets at Home is as much fun as a day out. Samuel and Henry loved looking at the animals and fish.

You can’t tell from his face but Samuel loves his friend Evelyn and she adores him.

Autumn walk collecting leaves and feathers. Samuel loved picking things up and bringing them to me.

To Samuel you climb the wrong way up a slide then slide back down on your belly. If it makes him this happy who cares.

I will try and get more regular with my posts again.

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Child development, Cruising, First time Mum, Parent, Photography

Photos of the Week

Very late in posting this week but it’s been super busy. Here are my favourite pictures/moments from last week.

Our boy is walking now. He walks everywhere and with such skill. It seems to have happened so quickly but at the same time it feels like he has always been doing it.

Ha ha this photo! One baby not looking, one having a meltdown, one being her usual angelic self and one pulling a silly face. Not the perfect picture we had in mind but captures the moment beautifully.

On Monday it rained a lot and we got stuck in the car without coats. Samuel didn’t mind he loves being in the drivers seat, making brum noises and pushing all the buttons. He was fascinated by the rain and kept stopping to look out the window.

Samuel settles and falls to sleep on our bed at night then we move him to his own room. On Tuesday night he was just so hyper and had lots of fun bouncing on the bed instead of falling to sleep.

Finally got round to sorting out some of our cruise pics and this was one of them. Two gorgeous boys having the time of their lives. Just love it!

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20 facts about me!

A couple of weeks ago I was tagged to do 20 facts about me. I have done these a couple of times before and I wanted to try and think of 20 facts that I hadn’t previously shared. It was very hard! I’m really not that interesting. So here they are if, indeed, you are interested.

  1. My name is Gemma Louise. I think Louise is probably the most common middle name there is.
  2. I’m allergic to yellow gold but thankfully I am more of a fan of white and rose gold anyway.
  3. When I was 4 I cut my arm open on the corner of a radiator and I still have the scar today.
  4. I hate the material valour/velvet. The thought of it even sets me on edge.
  5. I really enjoy car journeys if I’m not driving. I think it’s because you can’t feel guilty about sitting there and doing nothing whereas at home you’re always thinking ‘oh I must put that load of washing in’ or ‘I really need to hoover’.
  6. I am 6 months older than my husband. A fact he likes to remind me of on a regular basis.
  7. I have to have a shower every morning. I just can not leave the house without having one. I just wouldn’t feel clean all day.
  8. I love a good old British holiday. Most of my favourite places are in this country and I can’t wait to visit the same places I went as a child with Samuel.
  9. I have seen a ghost but still don’t believe. I am far too logical.
  10. I love a red lipstick. It’s definitely my go to colour on a night out.
  11. I worked behind a bar during my late teens and I loved it. If I worked during the week you would often see me sat at the end of the bar doing my maths and English A level homework.
  12. I have never broken a bone (touch wood)
  13. Lee and I have been together 13 years.
  14. One of my favourite places in the UK is the city of York. Lee even proposed to me there.
  15. I love a good box set binge.
  16. I hate my feet being cold but also hate wearing socks or slippers at home. Lee moans a lot about me putting them on him to try and warm them up.
  17. I love musicals.
  18. I can crochet but haven’t had much time for it since Samuel was born.
  19. I love a printed photograph. I love having them in frames around our home and putting them in albums.
  20. I have turned into an emotional wreck since having Samuel. It seems like the slightest thing sets me off 😭

Hope I haven’t sent you to sleep with those riveting facts. I tag anyone who wants to join in.

Child development, diary, First time Mum, Parent, Photography, Travel

Photos of the Week

I take a lot of photographs and I don’t like to bombard social media with all of them so there are lots of pics that I love but don’t share. That’s one of the reasons why I am really enjoying doing these blog posts.

Here are just a few of my favourite photographs/moments from the last week.

Last Saturday we went to Tattershall Farm Park with my side of the family. It was a lovely day. The sun was shining and I just love seeing how Samuel and his cousin Henry interact with each other. Look at them here holding hands and walking so nicely with Nanna.

Samuel and I went to play at Nanna and Grandads house which of course meant getting in the sandpit. Samuel got wet through and covered in sand so we gave him a bowl bath. He loved it obviously.

Samuel and Henry again. This time they are watching the cars go past and waving to them. Two peas in a pod!

Samuel had the best nap when we went to Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Monday. Thankfully he didn’t miss too many of the animals as he slept during lunch. I don’t get many sleeping photos now as he prefers the room to be dark or he sleeps in the car so I just had to take a pic.

The sand fiend. Seriously he is obsessed. I think I have said that before but it’s true. Give the boy a sandpit and he is happy.

Playing football with Nanna. Of course Nanna is still in her heels. She once walked up the Heights of Abraham in Matlock in her heels.

There we go my weekly round up. See you next week!

diary, First time Mum, Parent, Photography, Travel

Photos of the week

Here are some of the things we have been up to this week.

Samuels first sink bath. I love this in black and white especially because my Grandparents caravan is like something from the 70’s. Samuel loved it. I’m sure he could have stayed in there all night.

Mr chatterbox at it again telling Evvy a right tale. She clearly has no idea what has got him so animated but she entertains him anyway.

This is me as a toddler. My mum sent it to me as she said she could see a bit of Samuel in it. Lee said it’s because I look like a boy. Umm!!

Cheeky boy! He is obsessed with climbing up slides. He then lays on his tummy and slides back down legs first. He is such a daredevil and I hope he keeps his adventurous side.

When you live somewhere for most of your life you forget what a lovely place it can be. We had a nice walk round the castle grounds and down by the river. I think the sunshine helps make everything seem lovely.

I’m actually really enjoying doing these posts as I love looking through photos.

diary, First time Mum, Parent, Photography, Travel

Photos of the week

A few days later than I originally planned but we have had a busy weekend. Here are some of the things we were up to last week.

Last Saturday Lee was at Pistons in the Park with our Mini club so Samuel and I went to meet him there. There were lots of cars on display as well as some quad bikes, which Samuel got to sit on. He absolutely loved it. His face in this picture just shows how interested he was.

Samuel loves ice-cream and here he is having a taste of my Jammy Dodger flavour gelato. It really was delicious and Samuel thought so too.

The sand fiend is at it again. He just can’t get enough of the stuff. Here he is at Whisby after we had had a play in their new soft play barn.

Samuel in a net swing with 2 of his best friends George and Evelyn. He loves other children especially older ones that he can follow around.

Having fish and chips with Samuels Great Nanna and Grandad. Samuel is eating fishcake here and he loved the mushy peas. We had such a lovely time with my Grandparents.

We are having such a lovely summer together I can’t believe it’s nearly over.

First time Mum, Parent, Photography, Travel

Photos of the week

I want to try and be a bit more active on my blog, so as well as other bits and pieces, each week I am going to post a few of my favourite photographs from that week. Ones that I haven't shared on Instagram. I know this probably is of no interest to anyone other than myself but I like that I will be able to look back on them.

Ha ha his hat in this picture! Trying to get him to keep his hat on can be a pain sometimes. Daddy put it on like this and he didn't seem to notice – too busy opening Birthday presents. We had such a lovely day celebrating Samuels 1st birthday.

I love this! I wonder what they are looking at? Samuel loves his Grandad and it was so nice having family time with Lee's side in Whitby.

Whitby Abbey – We walked so many steps to get up to the Abbey but we didn't actually go in. As you can probably tell this picture was taken from the top of a wall. Amazing views all round.

Completely windswept but so happy. Love being with my little family. Here we are on the beach at Whitby.

My poorly boy. Samuel was sick all over me twice. He is never sick. I felt so sad for him but I did enjoy the extra cuddles as all he wanted was his Mama.

So there we go. I take so many pictures I could have picked so many more but didn't want to completely bore you.